Chaplaincy services cut in 40% of English NHS hospital trusts

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The BBC's FOI request was sent to 163 acute hospital NHS trusts in England - 160 responded.

The request asked for the number of healthcare chaplains working at the trust in each year from 2009 to 2013, and for the number of hours worked per week by chaplains at the trust in each year from 2009 to 2013.

The figures show that:

  • 39% of trusts had fewer chaplains in 2013 - or a lower Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) - than they did in 2009
  • 47% of trusts had fewer chaplaincy hours
  • 25% of trusts increased hours
  • The net total reduction of hours from 2009 to 2013 was 1,380 - a reduction of 8%

* WTE stands for Whole Time Equivalent, which is how the NHS measures its staffing. i.e. 2.63 WTE could be three people doing the job.

Trust Chaplains 2009 Chaplains 2013 Hours 2009 Hours 2013

*2012 figures

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2.79 WTE*

2.18 WTE

100.63

81.75

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

7

6

65.82

48.9

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

78.5

78.5

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

67.5

77.62

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

3.3 WTE

3.3 WTE

124

124

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

1.6 WTE

2.6 WTE

60

97.5

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

1.15 WTE

1.15 WTE

43.13

43.13

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

6

176

138.75

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

2

2

41.25

41.25

Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6

6

93.75

120

Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

2

7

41.25

48

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6

6

131.5

131.5

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

13

11

142.5

135

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

8

4

171.5

82.5

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

9

8

161.63

133.88

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

4

4

108.75

120

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2

5

41

53.79

Barts Health NHS Trust

9.9 WTE

8.8 WTE

371

329.75

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

9

8

144.33

114.83

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

9

10

213.75

191.25

Camden and Islington Foundation NHS Foundation Trust

0

3

0

14.5

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

8

8

238.5

256.5

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4

5

150

187

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5

4

45

45

Christie Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

3

63.75

43.75   

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

2.6 WTE

2.6 WTE

97.5

97.5

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

99.5

106.5

Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7

9

59.5

62.3

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

8

8

158.25

153.75

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

2

2

75

75

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5

4

105

122.5

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

160

125

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

45

45

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

7

5

125.63

110.63

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

4

3

49.17

49.35

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

4

2

87.12

41.15

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

9

6

190.91

138.75

East Cheshire NHS Trust

11

8

50.75

40.25

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

10

16

150

138.9

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

14

10

176

129.5

East London NHS Foundation Trust

4

3

80

79

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

9

7

148.75

106.5

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

4

4

112.5

112.5

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

90

80

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

18.5

18.5

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

5

4

120.75

97.5

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5

7

123.75

123.75

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

6

8

116.4

146.25

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5

3

77.8

44.3

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

10

12

230.8

257.8

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2

3

73.5

112.5

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

5

5

82

83.75

Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust

13

9

210

156.75

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

3

101.5

112.5

Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust

2

2

42

21

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

2

2

56.25

56.25

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2.9 WTE

2 WTE

108.75

75

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

9

10

182.25

190.75

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

10

6

238.75

172.2

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

5

3

123.38

77.63

Isle Of Wight NHS Trust

4

4

51.25

40.75

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

5

3

56.92

42

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

71

75.25

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6

6

161.5

155.5

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

6

6

89.9

80.42

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

2

130

112.5

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

12

10

267.5

193

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

3

4

52.7

90.2

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

10.5

10.5

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

63

63

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

1.31 WTE

2 WTE

49.1

75

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

2

3

53

64

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

23.51

34.58

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

2.4 WTE

2.6 WTE

102.75

142.5

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

2.08 WTE

2.08 WTE

78

78

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

11

9

188.5

129

Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

75

75

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

1

1

15

15

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6.59 WTE

5.89 WTE

247

221

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4.08 WTE

4.08 WTE

37.5

37.5

North Bristol NHS Trust

7

9

255

154.6

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

6

10

68.75

72.25

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

1

3

37.5

75

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

1

1

37.5

37.5

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

107.5

107.5

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

6

5

124.5

87

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

2

2

44.5

75

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

66.5

112.5

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

5

6

56

44

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

14

8

99.67

64.26

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

15

14

148.17

144.38

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

15

12

356

319

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

5 WTE

5.2 WTE

187.5

195

Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

2

42.5

42.5

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

26

18

294.66

210.07

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

2.26 WTE

2.26 WTE

81.38

81.38

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

3.3 WTE

3.3 WTE

123.75

123.75

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

75

75

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

7

6

247.5

126.75

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

2

1

41.25

37.5

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

2

5

67.5

116

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

30

22.5

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust

4

4

29.25

29.25

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

5

4

92

88.5

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

3.41 WTE

2.25 WTE

127.9

84.4

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

6

4

82

89

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

5

6

63.5

146.5

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

6

5

136.88

115.5

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

6

6

71.25

82.5

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

8

6

169.25

146.25

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

5

2

157

75

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

6

6

105.5

75.5

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

1

1

21

21

Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust

2.44 WTE

2.44 WTE

91.5

91.5

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

5

5

94

87

Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust

8

8

122

122

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

5

6

187.5

157.125

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

11

9

103.88

66.75

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust

10

10

106.5

109

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

35

35

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

9

10

252.5

313.25

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

5

115.9

75

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

6

4

99.5

64

Solent NHS Trust

2

1

41.5

0

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

4

5

88.5

81.5

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

5

4

168.75

86.25

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

8

8

106.75

121.75

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

3

3

49.25

49.25

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

3

7

28

71

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5

4

73.13

55.5

Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust

6

1

63

37.5

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

7

10

156.63

184.88

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

7

8

143.25

143.25

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

10

5

143.25

95.25

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

6

5

76.78

76.78

Sussex Community NHS Trust

Did not respond

Did not respond

Did not respond

Did not respond

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5

5 *

47.5

34.25 *

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

9

9

93.75

93.38

Whittington NHS Trust

7

7

97.25

89.75

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

3

7

12

24.75

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

6.48WTE

8.48WTE

243

318

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

4

6

86.25

153.75

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

10

9

198.75

198.75

University Hospital Of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

4

4

114.42

114.42

University Hospital Of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

8

7

123

100.25

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

8

7

266.6

229.1

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

8

6

203.4

135.5

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

7

8

138.75

172.5

University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust

17

12

272

227

University Hospitals Morecambe Bay

8

3

100.25

24.5

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

6

8

62

104.75

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

7

97.5

89.75

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

3

3

100.5

81.75

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

2

3

37.5

37.5

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

4

4

47.5

70

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

3

1

112.5

97.5

Weston Area Health NHS Trust

1

1

37.5

37.5

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

9

7

110

116

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

3

3

75

75

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

3.6 WTE

3 WTE

135

112.5

Wye Valley NHS Trust

3

2

46.67

18

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

4

45

49.5

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3.27 WTE, 5PT

3.27 WTE, 3 x PT

147.015

139.255

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